Full Title: Marvellous Melbourne - Queen City of the South
Run time 14 minutes 18 secondsProducer Charles Cozens SpencerAudio/Visual sound, color
An early documentary film about the City of Melbourne, then the interim capital city of Australia. Made in 1910.
The director Charles Cozens Spencer was famous for his bushranger films: "Captain Starlight" (Robbery Under Arms), "Captain Midgnight - The Bush King", "The Life and Adventures of John Vane, The Notorious Australian Bushranger", "Dan Morgan, The Terror of the Australian Bush" (Mad Dog Morgan). He also made the 1915 Film "The Shepherd of the Southern Cross." He introduced Australia's greatest silent film-maker, Raymond Longford, to the business. He died in September 1930 (he shot himself after going on a killing spree in Canada).
Special contents of this edition copyright 2010 Shane I Sullivan. Permission to use these items is granted under creative commons licence.
November 28, 2016
Here is the original restored version (below)
In 1988, a close friend painstakingly restored this movie for the National Film and Sound Archives. Here is his original restored movie with the narration he was asked to do with music. Click HD for crisp high definition.
January 18, 2016
Fascinating Travelogue of 1910.
What a fascinating insight into the old world before the World Wars. I noticed a definate lack of automobiles this is 1910, I counted just four at various points during the film, another interesting point is how some of this was filmed by putting a camera on the front of a trolley car along a long street similar to Market Street in San Francisco, speaking of which it makes a good comparison to Melbourne, in Melbourne the traffic which is sparse is 98 per cent horse drawn in 1910, on Market Street it's full of automobiles and horse drawn conveyancies to but was filmed just before the earthquake of 1906. I really enjoyed seeing this record of the world before everything changed forever, pricless.